Work starts on ice rink

The former TVR factory on Bristol Avenue in Bispham, part of which is being converted into an ice rink
The former TVR factory on Bristol Avenue in Bispham, part of which is being converted into an ice rink
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Work to build an ice rink at the former TVR car factory in
Bispham has now started.

It comes as plans have
also been submitted to build houses on another part of the redundant site on Bristol

Preston-based architects Cassidy and Ashton are acting as agents for both schemes.

Referring to the ice rink, Andrew Hale, chartered town planner at Cassidy and Ashton, said: “Preparatory works have now commenced on site, but at this stage an opening date has not yet been announced.”

Councillors approved the proposals for a chunk of the south east corner of the site in February, despite them being recommended by planning officers to refuse the application amid fears it would lead to the loss of employment land.

The latest application will see 46 houses built on the south west corner if it gets the go ahead. They would be a mixture of two, three and four-bedroomed semi-detached and mews family homes.

A report to planners says; “The development and long- term use of what has for some time been a vacant site has the potential to have considerable benefits within the local 

“Long term vacancy of any site can result in damage to the building which, on occasions, can result in those buildings being in a state of disrepair.

“This proposal, alongside recent planning consents, will renew the southern section of the site making it more attractive and of benefit to the local community.”

TVR closed in 2006 with the lost of 250 jobs.

There are two gyms on the site and some small business units, but the majority of the site has remained vacant.

Cassidy and Ashton said they had consulted around 180 households in nearby streets, including Buxton Avenue, Denstone Avenue and Bangor Avenue, about the housing proposals.

Ingthorpe councillor Kath Rowson, whose ward includes the TVR site, said: “I am delighted to hear work has started on the ice rink and look forward to its completion to bring jobs and activity into the area.

“Regarding the housing, neither of the ward councillors have been contacted as part of the consultation.

“It is a light industrial area so I am not too sure who might want to buy a house there, but plans have been lodged and residents do now have the opportunity to comment on them.”